State Success Story, Part 2: How Colorado advocates built and used a diverse coalition to give more families access to health care
United States of Care is highlighting the work that Colorado advocates, including the Children’s Campaign, did to expand access to quality, affordable health insurance during the economic and public health crises caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. A new law establishing a Health Insurance Affordability Enterprise (SB215), will bring more affordable coverage to Coloradans who buy their own insurance –by repurposing an existing federal fee on insurance companies with a state fee. A previous post provided an overview of the policy, how it is structured to help people, and how other states can learn from Colorado’s approach. This week, USofCare interviewed these advocates to hear in their own words how they mobilized over 50 organizations to pass a bill in a sprint effort earlier this year. Embedded within this conversation are key lessons for advocates, stakeholders, and policymakers across the country who aim to advance any policy reform, including expanding health care coverage for people not served by the Affordable Care Act.